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SWB offense stays hot in victory


June 07. 2014 12:07AM
By Dave Rosengrant drosengrant@civitasmedia.com

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MOOSIC – After allowing 34 runs to Norfolk in the first three games of a four-game series at PNC Field, the RailRiders needed a big lift.


The much-needed pitching boost came in the way of Bruce Billings, who picked up his first win since April 19 which was before he was called up to New York.


Billings lasted just five innings due to a pitch count of 80, but allowed just one run on seven hits and retired the last six batters he faced. The only run he gave up came via sacrifice fly from Cord Phelps after Billings gave up consecutive singles to start the fourth. He faced 21 batters and started 15 by throwing first-pitch strikes, while throwing 75 pitches and 48 of for strikes. The right-hander did not walk any in leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to a 12-6 win over the Tides on Friday night to avoid the four-game sweep.


Meanwhile, the RailRiders offense was busy scoring plenty of runs for Billings. For the 12th straight game, the RailRiders plated at least five runs. The only similar run in recent history was in July of 2004 when the Red Barons scored five or more in nine of 10 games.


SWB got the first run in a game in the series when they plated four runs in the bottom of the third. In the previous three games, Norfolk scored in the top of the first. While the RailRiders have had leads in the series, this was the first time they scored the first run of a game in the series. The big blow of the inning was Zelous Wheeler’s fifth homer of the season. It sailed into the SWB bullpen for a two-run shot. Adonis Garcia blasted his fourth longball of the season in the fourth inning. It came after Norfolk scored its first run in the top of the frame, and extended SWB’s lead to 6-1 after four innings.


The RailRiders also banged out 19 hits marking the ninth time this season that the team has had at least 15 hits in a game. The 12 runs marked the fifth time this season the RailRiders reached double figures in runs.


After Kyle Roller’s fifth homer as a RailRider gave them a 7-1 lead, the Tides started to chip away in the sixth as Brett Wallace bombed a solo homer off Danny Burawa and another run scored on a fielder’s choice to trim the lead to 7-3.


But SWB put the score out of reach putting up three runs in the bottom of the sixth banging out five hits then tacked on another in the seventh on the team’s four homer of the night. This one came from Jose Pirela (3 for 3), who is the hottest hitter in the International League getting 11 hits in his last 21 at bats, and 24 hits in his last 57 ABs, put the RailRiders ahead 11-3 heading to the seventh.


Norfolk got to right-hander Robert Coello in the ninth for two runs when Steve Clevenger, who may be the only hitter in the league hotter than Pirela, doubled in two runs. Clevenger ended the four-game series with 13 hits and 11 RBI.


RailRiders 12, Norfolk 6

Norfolk`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Julio Borbon cf`5`0`1`0`0`0`0


Ivan De Jesus ss`5`1`2`0`1`0`0


Francisco Peguero rf`5`1`2`0`0`0`0


Brett Wallace 1b`5`1`1`1`0`0`1


Steve Clevenger c`5`2`4`2`1`0`0


Xavier Paul dh`4`0`1`0`0`0`0


Alexi Casilla 2b`3`1`1`0`0`0`0


Cord Phelps 3b`3`0`1`3`1`0`0


Steve Lombardozzi lf`4`0`1`0`0`0`0


Totals`39`6`14`6`3`0`1


BATTING 2B: De Jesus (12, Billings), Phelps, C (5, Montgomery, M), Clevenger (6, Coello). HR: Wallace (7, 6th inning off Burawa, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Paul; Wallace 4; Lombardozzi; Borbon; De Jesus 3; Peguero, F 2; Clevenger 5; Casilla, A; Phelps, C 2. RBI: Phelps, C 3 (28), Wallace (27), Clevenger 2 (11). 2-out RBI: Phelps, C; Clevenger 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wallace; Lombardozzi 3; Borbon; Paul. SF: Phelps, C. GIDP: Wallace. Team RISP: 2-for-15. Team LOB: 9.


BASERUNNING SB: Borbon (14, 2nd base off Billings/Romine, A).


FIELDING E: Wright, M (2, pickoff).


RailRiders`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Jose Pirela lf`3`3`3`3`0`0`1


Adonis Garcia rf`5`3`4`3`3`0`1


Zoilo Almonte dh`5`0`1`1`0`0`0


Kyle Roller 1b`5`3`4`2`1`0`1


Zelous Wheeler 3b`5`1`2`2`0`0`1


Corban Joseph 2b`5`0`1`0`0`0`0


Austin Romine c`5`0`1`1`2`0`0


Carmen Angelini ss`5`0`0`0`0`0`0


Antoan Richardson cf`4`1`1`0`0`1`0


Totals`42`12`19`12`6`1`4


BATTING 2B: Garcia, A 3 (13, Wright, M, Alderson, Alderson), Romine, A 2 (7, Wright, M, Britton), Roller (7, Britton). 3B: Richardson (1, Alderson). HR: Wheeler (5, 3rd inning off Wright, M, 1 on, 1 out), Garcia, A (4, 4th inning off Wright, M, 0 on, 2 out), Roller (5, 5th inning off Wright, M, 0 on, 0 out), Pirela (4, 7th inning off Alderson, 0 on, 2 out). TB: Joseph, C; Wheeler 5; Almonte, Z; Richardson 4; Garcia, A 10; Romine, A 4; Pirela 6; Roller 8. RBI: Garcia, A 3 (26), Roller 2 (15), Wheeler 2 (21), Pirela 3 (27), Almonte, Z (29), Romine, A (11). 2-out RBI: Garcia, A; Pirela; Romine, A. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Richardson; Angelini 2; Romine, A 2; Almonte, Z. SF: Pirela. Team RISP: 5-for-17. Team LOB: 8.


FIELDING DP: (Joseph, C-Angelini-Roller).


Norfolk`000`102`012`—`6


RailRiders`004`213`11x`—`12


Norfolk`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Mike Wright (L, 1-4)`4.2`10`7`7`1`4


Tim Alderson`2.1`7`4`4`0`3


Buck Britton`1`2`1`1`0`0


RailRiders`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Bruce Billings (W, 4-1)`5`7`1`1`0`1


Danny Burawa`1`3`2`2`1`1


Mark Montgomery `1.2`1`1`1`1`3


Robert Coello`1.1`3`2`2`0`2


WP: Burawa, Coello.


Pitches-strikes: Wright, M 87-61, Alderson 53-32, Britton 16-8, Billings 75-48, Burawa 29-15, Montgomery, M 29-19, Coello 26-16.


Groundouts-flyouts: Wright, M 1-8, Alderson 2-1, Britton 2-1, Billings 6-6, Burawa 2-0, Montgomery, M 2-0, Coello 1-1.


Batters faced: Wright, M 25, Alderson 14, Britton 5, Billings 21, Burawa 7, Montgomery, M 7, Coello 7.


Inherited runners-scored: Alderson 1-0, Coello 1-0.


Umpires: HP: Carlos Torres. 1B: Joey Amaral. 3B: David Soucy. Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloudy.


Wind: 12 mph, L to R.


T: 3:02.


Att: 5,612.




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